Nude & MLBB Lipsticks – My favourites, most worn and best formulas.

Bobbi Brown, Nude Lipsticks, Mac Lipsticks

 

First post of the new year and i’m about to share some of my staples when it comes to makeup. Nude & MLBB lipsticks.

 

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Nude lipsticks can range from light beige to ebony, it depends on what looks nude on your skintone. Overall for my medium olive skin, I tend to use a lot of browns and mauves most with a hint of pink. They are truly the easiest to wear and can be paired with practically anything in terms of outfits! Hence, lipsticks like these tend to get purchased quite frequently. But only some, make it to my everyday rotation.

Today I want to share some of the best shades I own. Not all are true favourites (or nudes), but I wanted to get some variety in here as well, so there’s a little bit of everything.

 

MLBB lipsticks favourite

 

MAC Only You – Part of the limited Edition Ellie Goulding collection (from 2017 I believe), this warm pinky rose is a cream formula. Honestly can’t tell you how much I loved/love this one. It’s a gem. Easy to wear, feels great on the lips and looks super girly. I find myself reaching for shades like this often. The perfect MLBB shade.

Make Up For Ever C106 – A creamy neutral pink nude. This is actually a lot pinker to be classified as ‘nude’. But for a few good weeks in 2018 it was my go-to. I loved how it applied, the colour and pigmentation. The only downside though, after a few hours, it tends to leave that horrible white goop on the rim of your lips. I’m sure you know what i’m talking about! Not all lipsticks leave this weird white line. But this does.

Bobbi Brown Bare – If I had to wear just one lipstick all my life this would be it (not saying that I will, but figuratively. Yes). Something about this formula and shade is just comforting. I reach for this all the time, and honestly with the volume of free lipstick I receive as PR, it’s hard to make a statement like that unless I truly do. The colour has a hint of warmth but not overly yellow. A great shade of neutral brown for all medium skintones and a lovely nude for even deeper complexions.

The BB Crushed Lip Color is a buildable formula that feels balmy & weightless on the lips. It just melts in and works great as a smudged, worn in look. Never make my lips flake or fade unnaturally.

Estée Lauder Strapless – I have to say these Pure Color Love lipsticks are some of the most underrated lipsticks ever! The formula is top notch, creamy but not too much slip. Lovely texture and most of all, pigmented AND affordable. it’s another one of those shades I can’t seem to stop wearing! The colour will work for almost all skin tones and complexions. The perfect MLBB shade if you are fair or medium.

Bobbi Brown Rosebud – Is a warm rosy nude. First off, the formula of this is sublime. The BB Nourishing Lip Color formula is one of the best lipstick formulas in my book, and something I recommend to everyone who’s willing listen. Bright Raspberry is another favourite that I reach for quite often. My must have lip colour for summer. You need them both!

MAC Velvet Teddy – is an OG. A matte nude with a hint of pink & warmth. I did a little poll on Instagram when I posted the lipstick lineup and a lot of you picked out Velvet Teddy from the swatches. It’s just one of those shades that work on most skin tones. An oldie but a goodie.

Bobbi Brown Sazan Nude – This was limited edition but seems to be back in the permanent lineup. Very pretty nude with a hint of warmth that works best on fairer complexions. I do love this one with a smokier eye for a sultry evening look. The Crushed Lip Color formulas are my favourite so can’t recommend them enough.

Bobbi Brown Pink Nude – Another great nude for fairer skin tones. Love the hint of peachy pink that I know most seem to favour over the true nudes and a colour that’ll flatter anyone with a fair to medium complexion without looking washed out. Pink nudes also look good on olive complexions as it balances out the green undertones of the skin.

Estée Lauder Mysterious Mauve – Is a medium mauve rose. One of those shades which I had to hunt down cos I could never find it! Not one of my absolute must haves in the end, but the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting formula is incredibly pigmented and one I do adore.

Clé de Peau Beauté Lotus Flower – Earlier Last year CPB launched these new lipsticks. The packaging was just luxurious and super gorgeous so I rushed to purchase a few. These retail somewhere close to S$100, so I only got one at the time and this was my pick. The shade is a peachy rose brown, super flattering on olive skin tones and works great for medium complexions. Also the little bits of shimmer (in the swatch) is not very visible on the lips, if glitter/shimmer is a deal breaker, you really don’t have to worry. This looks more of a satin matte on the lips.

 

 

What’s your favourite shade from this line up? Mine’s Bobbi Brown Bare. And the Crushed Lip Colors in general. I’m just someone who enjoys an easy lip (and eye), cos I strongly believe in the whole less is more approach to makeup. Hence why I share so many neutral makeup looks over here!

Anyways, would you like to see more lipstick lineups like this? I’d be happy to do a lineup of reds. and maybe a guide to MAC nudes next.

Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer Review (2018 reformulation)

If you prefer a ‘no makeup’ makeup look as I do, concealer might just be the one product you use daily. My daily look usually includes my Clé de Peau concealer worn on it’s own or as a touch up for areas with blemishes, redness or anywhere I prefer just a touch more coverage.

This year, Clé de Peau reformulated and relaunched their bestseller concealer with a whole new look. Even though the previous packaging (in my eyes) was the ultimate in terms of luxury, the brand has managed to take it a notch higher.

If you are new to the Clé de Peau Concealer. It’s a stick type product. Compact and easy to carry even in the smallest of makeup bags. It’s the size of a lipstick. Tiny but mighty!

The coverage is quite high, with very good pigmentation. You don’t have to pack on loads to achieve that flawless look. It blends easily and fuses to the skin, staying put all day long without sliding around or creasing (much). In comparison to the older version, the new concealer is far less emollient and even more pigmented. I do find the updated formula has minimal creasing and works wonderfully for the undereyes.

Also added to this new formula is sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 25 PA +++) to protect the undereye from sun damage. And ALSO skincare ingredients such as Chestnut Rosa Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract to protect  the skin with a daily dose of antioxidants. This formula promises anti-aging properties that over time helps achieve a brighter under eye and also smoothed out wrinkles.

Here’s a look at the old and the new. I like the new touches and design elements of the updated packaging. The subtle gold detailing adds to it’s appeal.

For those of you already using this concealer, it’s interesting to note that Ochre is now noticeably neutral and lighter than the older version. However I find the same shade matches me just the same.

Below are swatch comparisons to other high coverage concealers in my stash. (For reference, i’m usually between a MAC 30-35)

Overall NARS delivers the best coverage from the lot, although I refrain from using it under the eyes as it tends to migrate into my fine lines. It’s mostly reserved for pigmentation and spot concealing for which it works exceptionally well. Like photoshop for real life. See review here.

Personally I prefer a lighter coverage concealer for day to day use and adding a touch of Clé de Peau for more coverage on the purple areas or around the nose where there’s a lot of redness.For special occasions it’s definitely Clé de Peau all the way as nothing else gives me that flawless look under the eyes without caking.

Here’s a roundup of all the shades currently available. The range isn’t massive, but there’s enough shades for fair to medium to deep (except for very deep complexions).

Bottom Line

It’s a big thumbs up from me.

I love that there’s added sun protection, specially useful since I never apply sun screen under the eyes; and the new ‘Thin Fit Layer Formula’ allows the concealer to apply smoothly and set, so creasing to be kept at a minimum while also prolonging wear.

I understand justifying the price for something so small (in terms of quantity) can be difficult, but the amount used daily makes the tiniest dent. It’s without a doubt an investment purchase but one that has served me well. So far my last one has lasted me 1.5 years!

*PR samples included.

 

 

Clé de Peau Beauté S/S 2017 Cream Blush Review

Among the many spring collections possibly the most exciting blush release has to be the new potted cream blushes by Clé de Peau. I managed to get my hands on these as soon as they hit counters and was pretty much all I wore when I travelled to Singapore and Venice. I love the ease of brush free application, plus these fit into the tiniest of makeup bags which is always a good thing! They just had to come with me.

Cle de peau spring 2017 cream blush

Packaging

The packaging of these blushes are identical to their cream shadows. Small pots, but contain a fair amount of product (6g).

I like that the screw top is also quite secure, and judging from the cream shadows i’ve had for a few years now, it prevents the product from drying out.

Formula

Among the 4 shades available, the one that instantly caught my eye was the brightest!  Persimmon Orange! and since I’m a lover of pink, I decided to pick up Fig Pink as well. I literally could never walk away from a counter with just ONE blush.. Specially when it’s a new product release. Right?

I discovered the texture to be similar to the cream eyeshadows. They are balm like with amazing pigmentation. I believe it’ll take months of continuous use to make a sizeable dent in these and therefore, a product that will ‘last forever’!

The tiniest bit is required for a soft luminous blushing glow. I try to use as little as possible and build up from there. Luckily these blend very easily and any ‘clown cheeks’ can be fixed with some more blending and setting powder.

What I love about the formula is that the blush contains the finest shimmer, almost a sheen when applied. The result is a very healthy, natural look. The product does set, but doesn’t dry to a powder either so the sheen last throughout the day unless you decide to set it further with a powder or a powder blush to extend wear (although these last on their own quite well, and i’m talking aaaalllll day!).

Swatches!

Cle de peau cream blush swatches

Apart from the blushes I purchased, I also received a little sample of the 4th blush shade Peach Beige. Therefore included here!

Fig pink is a medium muted pink. Not too warm or rosy.

Persimmon Orange is a bright, almost neutral orange.

Peach Beige is a neutral rosy beige.

Here’s what a combination of Persimmon Orange and Fig Pink looks worn. I used the orange towards the outer corner of my cheek and the pink as a ‘pop’ towards the centre. (Please excuse my otherwise naked face, I always feel so weird without mascara.. )

I believe my mug shot captures the finish of these gorgeous blushes perfectly. They melt into the skin and look so natural!

Bottom Line

The Clé de Peau Cream blushes are absolutely wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone! And for the price you pay (SGD65) they will last quite a while.

My top recommendation would be Fig Pink, an elegant pink that looks great on it’s own to elevate the complexion. I also use this as a base under nude blushes too for an extra tint of pink. The result is very natural and long lasting.

P.S- a quick note for anyone sensitive to fragrance (me included) these cream blushes are quite heavily scented (to my dismay..) Although what’s great is this scent isn’t noticeable on application, it just lingers in the pot.

Availability

I purchased mine at the Tangs Clé de Peau counter. At the time all but shade 1 was sold out, but I hear they restock regularly.

Lastly, hope you found todays review useful, and happy mid week! ❤

 

Best of Beauty 2016

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Super excited to deliver my round up of the best of 2016! Getting back into the swing of blogging has been slow after the holidays, but I believe a quick look at the past year and closing the book of 2016 is a great way to get on with business this new year.

Best of Beauty 2016

1. Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder – I hadn’t been a regular user of Givenchy beauty till this came into my life. Absolutely stellar product on all fronts, packaging, quality and finish. Blogged here.

2. NARS Hot Sand Illuminator Duo – If epic highlighters aren’t your thing, NARS Hot Sand is your match made in heaven. A wonderfully glowy highlight with a soft peachy pink base, this adds subtle glow for delicate radiance. Although initially LE, I’m happy to see it come back in another newly released face palette. The Unfiltered 2 Cheek Palette. Blogged here.

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3. Dior Nude Air Glowing Gardens 002 – In 2016 Dior ruled the world of highlighters. Each season I could not resist getting at least one! Possibly my favourite highlighter of the year. Also was available in a pink option.

P.S- how stunning is the floral embossing ❤

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4. Dior Diorific Splendor – Part of the holiday collection, this highlighter was the key piece / must-have which everyone needed in their lives. Sadly, did not make it to the U.S market. Luckily I live in sunny Asia and for once I was happy to be here! Didn’t waste any time picking this up for myself. wink. I also got a few extras as gifts!

The packaging, quality and colour was just perfect for that extra sparkle for the holidays. Get it while you can!

5. Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge – As someone who did not hop on the matte lipstick bandwagon, I was mighty pleased CPB came out with these ultra luxe glossy liquid lipsticks! They are luxury in every sense. If you loath the dry lip syndrome that’s plaguing the world right now, maybe this nourishing glossy type would interest you 😉 Read all about this collection here.

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6. Bobbi Brown Nourishing Lip Colour – Possibly my favourite lipstick release this year. Think ultra nourishing, balmy colour with superb pigmentation! It’s all my lips want to wear this season. To be blogged soon!

7. Tom Ford Lips & Boys 2016 – It seems the Lips & Boys get better each year! This year, the colours to watch out for were the new matte ones. Absolute must haves. Blogged here.

8. VB x Estée Lauder collection – Overall my favourite collection of the year! The formula, packaging and colours were to die for! Even though I loved almost everything I received, the stand out products were the nude lipstick in Brazilian Nude, the eye kajal duo & the single shadow Bitter Clove. Unfortunately LE collection sell out fast. However if you come across any, do not hesitate! Blogged here.

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P.S- There’s talk of a new VB collab happening soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

9. Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel – The perfect solution for light short brow hairs. I find myself reaching for this almost every time I do my makeup. It’s got the perfect formula to set your brows in place while also adding colour and some body. It’s brows-on-fleek, all day, everyday! To be blogged soon!

10. Tom Ford Le Mepris – Part of the summer collection, this little number was clearly a hot item, specially with that irresistible LE white packaging!!  Blogged here.

11. Dior Diorific Nova – 2016 wasn’t the year of nail polish that’s for sure. Almost all brands left me with boring options. However, just as the year ended Dior launched their holiday Diorific Vernis and this unique little number was quick to come home with me. Almost like fairy glitter/flakes on the nails, this works great as a topper or on it’s own. Don’t miss out!

12. Zoeva Concealer Buffer Brush – I am so happy I finally got to try Zoeva brushes this year and this brush in particular is now my essential/everyday, concealer blending brush. Everything just sits better when buffed with this and i’m happy to recommend it to everyone. To be blogged soon!

13. Zoeva Luxe Fan – A great multi purpose brush, (not just for highlighting). This is my go-to for flicking off any eyeshadow or mascara fall out, dusting off excess powder and of course applying highlighter PERFECTLY. A must have brush in any collection.

14. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting brush – On a whim I purchased this brush off Net-a-Porter last year. I just needed something precise that’d work for contouring smaller areas of the face. Not surprised, this works brilliantly! It’s my favourite for some nose contouring (which is the only contour I ever do) whenever I know i’ll be taking photos or for special events. Love it!

15. Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage – The only product that’s featured here which isn’t new for 2016. However it’s new to me! I picked this up from a sale last year and let’s just say, my world is a better place. The Cocoa Mirage palette is pretty much the standard matte shadow palette but BETTER. Perfectly curated and multi functional as this mixes great with any other TF palettes you may have. The light cream shade is my go-to brow highlight, there’s a perfect transition shade that’s not too warm, and also a shimmer shade thrown in just for variety. ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE if you are on the look out for a great everyday palette that delivers. Can’t recommend this enough!

That rounds up my list of favourites. Products i’ve used and loved! Unfortunately in terms of foundation & concealers I didn’t find anything new that was truly outstanding, therefore left out a fair few that I tested last year. What you see here is a brutally edited skinny version of what has been tested and I find to be A+!

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Clé de Peau Beauté Pure White Cleansing Series Review

When it comes to curating a great skincare routine, a good cleanser that suits your skin/needs is a must. Specially since all serums and expensive moisturisers are pretty much useless when applied on poorly cleansed skin.

I choose my cleansers based on a) how much makeup i’m wearing that day b) my skin type. And as my skin changes so frequently I like to switch up my cleansers too. As you’d imagine, i’ve accumulated quite the stash and have tested a fair few.

This fall Clé de Peau Beauté takes cleansing to a whole new level introducing 7 cleansers to address various needs and skin types. All packaged in pristine white with gold accents.

It’s a selection of cleansers that not only look good in your skincare cabinet but also transforms the routine of cleansing into a luxurious night time ritual to pamper and ensure the wind down is a blissful one.

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The collection includes the following,

Softening Cleansing Foam

Clarifying Cleansing Foam

Cleansing Clay Scrub

Cleansing Cream Oil

Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

Eye & Lip Makeup Remover Towelettes

Gentle Cleansing Milk

I’ve been testing 4 of the 7 cleansers these past months, and i’ll be talking about those in depth today.

Kicking off with my favourite from the bunch. The Softening Cleansing Foam. A surprising choice as i’m usually never drawn to foaming cleansers. Hah!

Cle de peau softening cleansing foam

The Softening Cleansing Foam is a creamy foaming cleanser that foams rather thick. An absolutely silky & luxurious formula that makes the ritual of cleansing a more indulgent experience.

The formula is said to contain a ‘special combination of moisturising ingredients’ (including Hyaluronic acid) and an Intelligent Cleansing Technology that helps create an ideal environment for skin, therefore never too stripping, even on drier skin types. Since I have combination/dry skin, this suits my needs perfectly and cleanses dirt & grime from the day without dehydrating my drier areas further.

This also is my go-to on lazy days since I know it does a thorough cleanse and I can then rush through my serums & moisturiser and get to bed ASAP.

As a strong believer in double cleansing, on days I wear a full face of makeup I tend to use this as a second cleanse, relying on an oil cleanser to take off a bulk of my makeup. Overall this is great for all skin types (except the extremely dry ones) and also perfect for one step cleansing if you don’t wear heavy makeup day to day.

Application 

The method of use is a simple one.

Place approximately 1cm of cleansing foam (use less than you think you need) into the palm of your hand and lather up with some water. You can then apply this foam on damp or dry  skin and cleanse with circular motions. Rinse well and pat dry.

Ingredients

Water. Glycerin. Stearic Acid. Sorbitol. Myristic Acid. PEG-6. PEG-32. Potassium Hydroxide. Lauric Acid. PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Lauryl Betaine. Glyceryl Stearate SE. Bees wax. Polyquaternium-39. Polyglyceryl-4 Lauryl Ether. Acrylates Copolymer. Fragrance (parfum). Disodium EDTA. Trehalose. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Sodium Benzoate. Iron Oxides (CI 77492). Pearl Powder. Silk Powder (Serica/Poudre de soie). Serine. Sodium Hyaluronate. Iron Oxides (CI 77491). Tocopherol. Theanine. Diamond Powder. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Butylene Glycol. Polyquarternium -51. Hydrolyzed silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein. Phenoxyethanol.

Next up is the Cleansing Clay Scrub. A cleanser that incorporates gentle exfoliating into your cleansing routine.

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The Cleansing Clay Scrub is great to maintain healthy skin when incorporated once or twice a week alternating with your regular cleanser. The non abrasive scrubies are perfect for clearing off any dead skin build up and deep cleanses pores with it’s clay base. .

The formula also contains peony extract to help manage surface sebum & the same Intelligent Cleansing Technology as the Softening Cleansing Foam. The overall result is a smooth, radiant skin with less surface texture.

Application

Take approximately 4cm of product and work in with circular motions onto dry or wet skin avoiding eye area. Rinse and pat dry.

Ingredients

Water. Glycerin. Dipropylene Glycol. Kaolin. Glyceryl Stearate SE. Zinc Oxcide. PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate. Butylene Glycol. Talc. Bentonite. Alcohol Denat. Behenyl Alcohol. Stearyl Alcohol. Microcrystalline Cellulose. Phenoxyethanol. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Disodium EDTA. Trehalose. PEG/PPG- 14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Isostearic Acid. Fragrance (parfum). Lauryl Betaine. Barium Sulfate. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate . Aluminium Hydroxide. Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract. Serine. Tocopherol. Theanine. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Benzoic Acid. Sodium Benzoate. Polyquaternium-51. Hydrolyzed Silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.

Following with a luxuriously silky cleanser that’s perfect for dehydrated, drier skin types. The Cleansing Cream Oil.

Cleansing cream oil

This smooth creamy emulsion which transforms into a luxurious oil, cleanses skin without dehydrating or stripping. The texture is sublime, gently breaking down even heavier makeup with silky smooth strokes.

This too, formulated with the Intelligent Cleansing Technology, creates the ideal environment for skin and promotes smooth, radiant and more even textured complexion. In addition it also contains Argan Oil, an ingredient known for it’s skincare benefits including moisturising and healing.

Application

Take approximately 3cm of product and massage into dry skin with soft circular motions. Once transformed into oil, the cleanser breaks down all makeup which then can be rinsed clean or tissued off.

I’d recommend this for dry to very dry skin types as this particular one rinses off leaving a oily residue (which essentially keeps skin moisturised). Something to keep in mind if this bothers you.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polydecene. Pentaerythrityl. Tetraethylhexanoate. Sorbitol. Water. Glycerin. Isododecane. Dimethicone. Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone. Sucrose Stearate. PPG-15-Buteth-20. PEG-60 Hydrogenated Caster Oil. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. MethylParaben. Trehalose. Argania Spinkosa Kernel Oil. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Sodium Citrate. Algin. Citric Acid. Fragrance (parfum). Butylene Glycol. Sodium Metaphosphate. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate. Aluminium Hydroxide. Tocopherol. Limonene. Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract. Trisodium EDTA. Serine. Theanine. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract. Polyquaternium-51. Hydrolyzed Silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein. Phenoxyethanol.

Lastly the Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

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An essential in every woman’s life. A point cleanser is perfect for taking off stubborn makeup (waterproof mascara) with ease. As with most eye and lip makeup removers, this too is a two phase formula easily identifiable with the separating of the ingredients into two layers.

What’s special about this particular one is, I find it leaves a relatively less oily residue than other two phase makeup removers. Most of which cause blurry vision as the ‘oils’ seep into the eyes. I find this effectively takes off gel or liquid liner (an exception being the TF liquid liner which most cleansers struggle to remove btw) making your next step of facial cleansing a comfortable experience. You wont be left partially blinded through the rest of your cleansing routine!

This gentle formula is easy on the delicate skin around the eyes and lips and pampers the skin with moisture.

Application is pretty straight forward. Just spritz a few drops onto a cotton pad and press over the eye area or lips to dissolve makeup, wait 5-10 seconds and wipe off. Follow with your regular cleansing routine.

Ingredients

Water. Cyclomethicone. C11-12 Isoparaffin.Butylene Glycol. Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate. Cetyl Ethylhexanoate. Glycerin. Alcohol Denat. Sodium Chloride. Phenoxyethanol. Trehalose. Argania Spinosa Kernel oil. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Trisodium EDTA. Benzalkonium Chloride. Fragrance (parfum) . Camellia Japonica Seed Oil. Serine. Theanine. Sodium Citrate. Polyquaternium-51. Tocopherol. Citric Acid. Hydrolyzed Silk. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.

Bottom Line

For those willing to fork out the cash for a truly decadent experience, these are worth a look. The standout products were the Softening Cleansing Foam which I thought was an excellent cleanser and also great value for money as the tiny amount needed per cleanse would really stretch this tube for quite some time.

My second recommendation would be the Cleansing Cream Oil. Apart from it’s (obvious) excellent cleansing abilities, I found this such a luxurious experience. A must try.

Pricing & Availability

This range is currently available at all Clé de Peau Counters.

Price list, to be updated.

 

Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge | Review, Photos & Swatches

Hello!

Back with a comprehensive review on these precious liquid lipsticks from Clé de Peau A/W 2016. After a slight delay due to a mid week deadline, glad I made it in time before the weekend hit!

I hope you find this detailed post informative.

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As seen in my previous Clé de Peau A/W collection roundup (here), I have 4 of these beautiful lipsticks to test. Three generously provided by Clé de Peau Beauté, with one shade purchased by me. I’m happy I grabbed it while I had the chance since, as of now all 8 shades of Radiant Liquid Rouge are out of stock in Singapore (but will return shortly).

The shades in my possession are, 12 Chenille, 13 Flushed, 15 Fast Lane & 17 Bugatti Red.

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Packaging

They say good things come in small packages and never were more truer words uttered. Encapsulated in art deco inspired packaging these new lipsticks are so tiny (adorable), delicate and just luxurious to hold.

I was also pleasantly surprised to discover the black ombré case was glass, which give them a nice weightiness. It adds to the overall luxurious feel of the product.

Formula

According to Clé de Peau Beauté these new lip lacquers boast a moisture-rich, lustrous formula for a seductive long lasting finish.

I find these a hybrid between a gloss and lipstick. A lightly scented, creamy gel formula that glides on and stays put for much longer than your average gloss or glossy lipstick. Even though they never quite set and do transfer, I got substantial wear time with these. An average of 4 hours with moderate eating & drinking.

I also found the formula very nourishing and throughout wear lips feel deeply conditioned and never dry or flakey.

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The wand as you see is features a slightly curved edge to fit the lip contour for better control & easy application. If you have trouble with regular liquid lipstick, you won’t have a problem with these. It smooths on colour evenly without any streaking.

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The coverage you can expect is semi-opaque, with some shades (such as 15) less pigmented, applying sheerer than the others. On a side note, with this formula I prefer a single pump of product per application as it can feel heavy if you dip in twice.

Also less product gives it less slip. Meaning less feathering around the lip line so you can skip lip liner. I also noticed the more product you use, the more chances of the excess ending up on the teeth. Try applying these in the thinnest coat possible.

Overall verdict,

I do like the luminosity they bring to the lips. A fuller, plumper pout with good coverage and no sticky feeling.

On to swatches!

Cle de peau radiant liquid swatches

17- Bugatti Red is a bright red with a blue undertone

15 – Fast Lane is a neutral pink orchid with lilac tones

13 – Flushed is a pink nude with fine shimmer

12 – Chenille is a neutral medium brown with hints of rose

As always I put together a few sets of comparison swatches for each in case you plan on purchasing these online.

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I was surprised by how deep 12 Chenille wore next to other similar shades I had in my stash. It has a very unique hint of rose that makes it super flattering on medium skin tones without pulling too warm. As I was gathering samples for comparison I figured NARS Corsica, a limited edition from a holiday collection few years ago looked quite similar. Chenille is almost a deeper more intense version of that.

Cle de peau 13 comp

13 Flushed was also rather unique in my stash. I don’t normally gravitate to medium pinks as much though I do enjoy a good pink! Most of what I own are blue based pinks. However I found this really pretty on the lips and should be a universally flattering shade for most skin tones.

Cle de peau 15 comp

15 Fast Lane was the very first shade to catch my eye when initial promo pics started circling on social media. It’s one of those blue based pinks I LOVE to wear. Surprisingly I had only one lipstick I thought similar in my stash. Tom Ford Jack from the the first Lips & Boys collection. It’s almost identical.

Cle de peau 17 Comp

Reds! I found most of the liquid reds I own fall into a similar category. There are slight variances when worn on the lips which are harder to notice in the swatches, though I hope you can see the texture of 17 Bugatti Red! So creamy and opaque!

Here’s how the 4 shades look like worn.

I paired these lipsticks with very soft eye makeup using just a wash of light pink cream shadow (Clé de Peau Cream Eye Colour Solo in shade 302) paired with the lightest peach shade from the quad Golden Age (Clé de Peau A/W2016) and some crease definition using an older quad, Baby Universe. One of my go-to favourites for nude eye looks. On the cheeks I used NARS Madly. A blush that practically looks great with any eye or lip look.

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Bottom Line

I find the formula falls into the nourishing lip colour category. Similar to the MAC Huggable Lip Glosses, Rouge Dior Brillant glosses & Clarins Instant Light Perfectors, all of which I LOVE. These lip formulas are distinctively nourishing and clearly categorised as glosses, whereas the Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge stands alone as a nourishing liquid lipstick.

It is without a doubt one of the most luxurious, if not, THE most luxurious of liquid lipsticks available on the market right now. The end result is sophisticated, polished and elegant. Perfectly suited for the discerning customer this prestigious brand attracts.

Although the price is steep, I believe you pay for the quality, packaging and experience. And by what i’ve seen so far. It’s well worth the price and highly recommend you try one if your budget permits.

Pricing and Availability

Each liquid lipstick comes with 5.5ml of product retailing at SGD 80.

Available at Tangs & Takashimaya Clé de Peau Beauté (Singapore).

 

Clé de Peau Beauté A/W 2016 Preview & Swatches

Clé de Peau Beauté A/W 2016 Preview & Swatches

Cle de peau autum fall 2016

Among the most highly requested swatches this season, Clé de Peau ranks no 1! I’ve had countless requests for swatches of the new Luminizing Face Enhancer as well as plenty inquiries about the new Radiant Liquid Rouge formula. It’s been a highly anticipated collection to say the least!

Although my collection roundup has been slow, I’ve finally put together a post! Entire collection’s swatched, accompanying loads of pics which I hope would prove useful.

Cle de Peau Liquid RougeThe new collection consists of one brand new product, the Radiant Liquid Rouge as well as shade additions to the eyeshadows quads, cream shadows & highlighters. I’d have to say the liquid lipsticks were my favourites. Absolutely divine in terms of formula and what can I say, i’m a sucker for good packaging. It’s a LOVE. 

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The collection draws inspiration from artist Tamara de Lempickas bold aesthetic, sensuous sophistication and expressive colour palette. Impossibly delicate, yet as fearlessly seductive as the new found liberation of this era. 

Collection Breakdown

2 Eye Colour Quads – 315 Modern Era,  316 Golden Age

2 Cream Eye Colour Solo – 306 Blue Notes,  307 Smoke Stream

8 Radiant Liquid Rouge

1 Luminizing Face Enhancer – 16 Almond

Cle de peau golden age swatches

Golden Age is a stunning mix of bronze, peach, fiery orange and reddened brown. A breathtaking combination that’ll work through summer and fall!

Cle de peau fall 2016

Modern Era is a celebration of greens. A mix of Khaki, sage and forest green mixed in with a pewter grey/green.

Cle de peau swatches golden age modern era

Between the two I prefer the warm golden tones of Golden Age and also feel in terms of quality, this one’s slightly better. The only shade that didn’t perform as well was the last colour in the quad. The other three felt soft and buttery to the touch and swatched smooth with good pigmentation.

Modern Era though stunning in the pan contained 2 shades that underperformed. I found the second and the last slightly harder pressed and a tad dry. Both swatched with difficulty (the last more so).

Since i’m yet to try them on the eyes, hopefully Modern Era would work better applied with a brush. Let’s see! I shall update you when I do a look featuring this quad.

Edit – The two shadows perform perfectly well and blend seamlessly without any difficulty when tested out with brushes! 

Cle de peau cream shadow

Next in line, the Cream Eye Colour Solos.

What you see here is Smoke Stream, one of the two cream shadows released with the collection. It’s a smoky black with specks of coloured shimmer. (For swatches of both shades scroll right down to the preview collage).

The formula of the cream shadows are more balm like than other cream shadows you find at this price point. It’s not the creamy whipped consistency you come to expect. If you are familiar with the Shiseido cream shadows, these are the more pigmented and refined counterpart! They work well as a subtle wash of colour or as eye shadow base.

cle de peau beaute cream shadow smoke stream

On to the piece de resistance! The gorgeous Luminizing Face Enhancer, Almond!

Cle de peau Almond

Almond is a mix of pink, beige, taupe & ivory that applies as a pale champagne glow. It’s a neutral undertone which would work great even on the palest of complexions without looking too yellow.

Almond

Here’s a comparison of Almond among other Luminizing Face Enhancers in my collection. YES! I ‘needed’ them all.

Cle de peau highlighters

Top row L-R : 11 Pastel, 16 Almond, 15 Golden Apricot

Bottom row L-R : 13 Sand Beige, 14 Delicate Pink

As you can see, the variances between the lighter shades are subtle and quite hard to capture. It’s one of those products you need to see in person to appreciate it’s beauty.

Here’s a macro I took in it’s pristine condition. The shimmer overspray still intact.

Cle de peau beaute almond highlighter

For a more detailed review on the formula, you can check out THIS POST.

Cle de peau highlighter swatches Almond

Saving the best for last, the Radiant Liquid Rouge! THE most luxurious liquid lipstick i’ve ever come across. The packaging is glass, with a beautiful black ombre which allows the colours to show through.

There’re 8 shades released. I’ve got 4 with me to swatch, but I also have swatched the entire collection at the preview, scroll down!

Cle de peau liquid rouge swatch

These glide on like butter and look amazing on the lips. I love how nourishing & comfortable they feel and truly represent the Clé de Peau aesthetic. Luxury in every sense!

Quick look at the complete shade range.

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Heading onto some more pics taken at the Clé de Peau A/W preview! I got to swatch everything over a cosy lunch with the lovely girls of Clé de Peau Beauté Singapore. It was makeup HEAVEN!

Cle de peau fall collage for blog

Pricing & Availability

Radiant Liquid Rouge – SGD80

Eye Colour Quads Refill – SGD 80

Eye Colour Quads Case – SGD 30

Cream Eye Colour Solos – SGD 60

Luminizing Face Enhancer – SGD 140

Collections available now at all Clé de Peau Beauté counters (Tangs, Takashimaya)

Everything seen here will be joining their permanent line up. Which means they won’t be selling out! Yay!

Post includes press samples and a few pieces I purchased myself.